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Philly archdiocese to sell Villa St. Joseph by the Sea in Ventnor, NJ

Published On: Jun 28 2012 11:37:26 AM EDT
Monsignor William Lynn



The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is selling a 19-room beachfront property used by retired priests as it faces a $17 million budget deficit and millions in legal bills associated with a child sex abuse case.

A spokesman for the archdiocese says the ocean front home in Ventnor, N.J. will be shuttered Saturday. Tax records say the property occupying a full block along the Boardwalk is assessed at $6.2 million.

Archbishop Charles Chaput last week announced plans to cut 45 jobs and stop publishing The Catholic Standard & Times because of the budget gap.

The diocese is also facing at least $10 million in legal bills connected to a sexual abuse case decided last week. Monsignor William Lynn was convicted of child endangerment for his handling of priest abuse complaints.